POINT PLEASANT — Three Point Pleasant River Museum Foundation supporters had the title of Master conferred upon them at the foundation’s annual meeting held earlier this month.
This honor is bestowed upon a person, who by their act or actions, have helped to enhance the quality of the Point Pleasant River Museum. Those honored were Keith Biggs, Captain Brian Patterson and Captain Clifford Butch Leport.
In making the presentation Executive Director Jack Fowler thanked each honoree for his contribution to the growth and success of the river museum. Fowler stated the museum would not be where it is today had it not been for the help and guidance provided by Keith Biggs. He has been with the museum from the start in developing programs and installing the simulators. Biggs is known for being a person of vision and that asset has been very beneficial to the museum, according to staff from the museum and members of the foundation.
When the museum idea was first introduced it was by river men with experience going back to the steamboat era. Today there is a new generation proving just as dedicated and loyal to the marine industry.
According to a statement from the river museum and foundation: “We are fortunate to have two of those using their talents to improve programs and events for the river museum. We are happy to bestow on Captain Brian Patterson and Captain Clifford Butch Leport the Title of Master.”
All three received a navy blue blazer with the river museum logo.
The executive director read the name of foundation members who died this past year those being: Joseph “Woody” Rutter, Stephen Clemins, Carolyn “Sue” Tipton, Geraldine “Jerry” Bosworth, Helen Williamson, Kathleen Overholt, Norman Lieving, Ronald McCoy, Verdon O’Dell and William “ Bill” Waldie. Since the first annual meeting, the museum foundation has lost 96 foundation members, those were supporters who no longer provide assistance to help maintain the museum.
Six new directors were elected to serve a three year term: John Sang, Donald Waldie, Jack Sturgeon, Megan Barnes, Vernon Clifton, and Edward Shearer.
Submitted by the Point Pleasant River Museum and Learning Center on behalf of its foundation.